EcoFin ministers to hold first ‘paperless’ meeting

When 27 finance ministers and central bank governors from the EU member states meet in Dublin on Friday, it will be their first paperless deliberation, thanks to Dell and Microsoft.

EcoFin ministers to hold first ‘paperless’ meeting

Finance Minister Michael Noonan was yesterday presented with 76 Dell tablet computers the company is making available for the meeting, which he chairs.

Specially designed Microsoft software will provide tight security.

Mr Noonan said that while he is personally looking forward to not having to carry huge files, some “belt and braces” ministers will stick to the pen and paper.

Mr Noonan, who received his mini-desktop at the Dell plant in Limerick, said: “At these meetings, I am usually burdened with arms full of papers which I need help to carry, due to the amount of detailed briefing the contain.

“Now, thanks to Dell and Microsoft and my own department, we will hold our first EcoFin paperless meeting on Friday. We will have everything written on the Dell tablet using Microsoft software.”

The tablets which retail for €699, will be returned to Dell after the meeting.

Liam Halpin, general manager Dell Ireland, said it was fitting that technology should take a central role at one of the Irish-hosted EU meetings.

“We have worked closely with the Department of Finance and Microsoft to ensure that the Dell tablets meet all the requirements of the delegates including in areas such as security and mobility,” said Mr Halpin.

“We are very proud to be part of this historic event.”

Cathriona Hallahan, managing of Microsoft Ireland, said her company was delighted all attending the EcoFin meeting will benefit from their latest technology.

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